DUBUQUE, Iowa - It's been one year since a Dubuque toddler was killed. Doctors say Bentley Randall, 2, died of blunt force head trauma.The child was taken to a Dubuque hospital on November 23rd for treatment of submersion burns and head trauma.
He later died at a hospital in Iowa City on November 25, 2012.
Police say Bentley's mother left her son in the care of her then boyfriend, Nicholas Reed, when Bentley was injured. About a week later Reed was charged with first degree murder, neglect and several drug charges. In September, Dubuque County prosecutors dropped the murder charge. They said they didn't have the evidence to convict Reed for that murder.
Just after the sun set over Washington Park, last year's memories came up.
Mandy Randall, Bentley's Great Aunt said, "Seeing him in the hospital bed, that's the vision we are always going to have of him. I mean we have the vision of him being happy, but just seeing how bad he was and burned and everything. "
Members of the Randall family embraced as they remembered their truck- loving two year old.
Great Aunt, Jamie Ingles said, "The hardest part is that he's gone and there's no one to answer to it. No one is being held accountable. "
The family says a Facebook group called "Justice for Bentley" helps them cope as the days pass by. The family also continue to work with police.
" I think, the police think they failed us. But we know they are trying their best, " said Ingles.
In releasing dozens of balloons, the family says they're letting go of a number of emotions. But, they say, they will never let go of the desire to seek justice.
"We are going to try everything we can. We are never going to stop fighting, " said Ingles.
Police say this is still an active investigation, but they don't have any information they can release to the public right now.
We've contacted Nick Reed's attorney's for comment about Nick's release from jail and now about the one year anniversary of Bentley's death